An OHSACT baseline assessment is a critical requirement to ensure compliance with the OHSACT. In terms of legal requirements of the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSACT), companies are required to have amongst others an occupational health and safety compliance management system including the undertaking of risk assessments so as to pro-actively identify, reduce and manage risks and exposures to employees, learners as well as other persons such as members of the public.
EMPOWERisk Management proposes that the golden thread of enterprise-wide risk management be followed throughout the project and also thereafter.
The inter-relationship between occupational health and safety, environmental, risk, exposure to management and business implications risks not managed purposefully and proactively, are depicted in the following illustration of a typical iceberg.
Every R1 direct loss equals R50 hidden costs,
• Damage, incident or loss, Injury and medical cost
• The cost of Overtime and retained costs
• The Cost to investigate incident
• The cost to replace injured employee: e.g:
• Impact on service delivery
• Impact on the reputation.
The conclusion of this illustration is that for every R1 of direct costs, hidden costs, service interruptions, environmental impairment, reputation implications of up to R50 could be experienced in a case of an injury or incident or accident or public liability claim or i.e. an occupational injury or environmental incident or fatality or reputation implications or liability claims.
It is therefore crucial that the disciplines of occupational health and safety management, environmental as well as related activities such as fire and enterprise-wide risk management be integrated in a holistic manner. This is to ensure that the investment and operational implications are actively and pro-actively managed and not just “what is reportable or must be documented”.
It will also result in the achievement of the objectives including optimal return on the investment to the benefit of the Company and its stakeholders.
This proposed methodology and solutions would, therefore, focus and support the long-term sustainability of occupational health and safety compliance, incident prevention, reduce exposures to management as well as promote good governance, legal compliance, best practice and risk management within the Company; long after the successful completion of the project including expected savings on reduced incidents and exposures.
Aspects such as:
a. current or actual risks,
b. unacknowledged risks and exposures,
c. emerging risks and exposures.
d. reputation risks and exposures,
e. potential injuries and exposures,
would also be purposefully identified, evaluated and risk mitigation measures proposed for the Company’s consideration.
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